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James Marsden Knows He's Hot - and Nerdy

17 August 2013 3:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Sure, James Mardsen has marquee good looks and a big-budget acting resumé, but don't let that fool you. Deep down, the Oklahoma native says he's simply "a goofy drama nerd." "I’m actually less comfortable being the smoldering hot guy," Marsden tells Out magazine (only semi-convincingly) for its September cover story. "I know I have a face like a model, but I'm actually just a goofy drama nerd underneath," he insists. Marsden, who turns 40 on Sept. 18, is putting all his assets to good use for his role as President John F. Kennedy in the historical drama Lee Daniels' The Butler, »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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New Album From Elvis Hitting Stores

4 August 2013 9:09 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Memphis, Tenn. — It was 1973, and Elvis Presley's comeback was in fifth gear.

After years of making mediocre movies, he had returned to touring and performing in Las Vegas. In January of that year, he staged the "Aloha from Hawaii" concert live via satellite, viewed by a billion people worldwide.

But, due to a contractual obligation, he also needed to create new material. He and manager Col. Tom Parker decided that Presley's beloved Memphis was the place to do it.

The result was two recording sessions at Stax Records, the influential studio where Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave and others created the "Memphis soul" sound in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Presley's sessions in July and December 1973 produced country, R&B and pop songs that were released in three separate albums.

Forty years after Presley's Stax sessions, RCA Legacy is releasing the three-cd box set "Elvis at Stax: Deluxe Edition" on Tuesday. »

- AP

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